Queen Bee (THE DIAMONDS #1)
A girl seeking retribution against her backstabbing former best friend finds her plans slightly derailed once she catches the eye of a familiar, handsome marquess. Bestselling author Amalie Howard delivers a delightful, anti-historical Regency-era romp that’s Bridgerton meets The Count of Monte Cristo!
Lady Ela Dalvi knows the exact moment her life was forever changed—when her best friend, Poppy, betrayed her without qualm over a boy, the son of a duke. She was sent away in disgrace, her reputation ruined.
Nearly three years later, eighteen-year-old Ela is consumed with bitterness and a desire for . . . revenge. Her enemy is quickly joining the crème de la crème of high society while she withers away in the English countryside.
With an audacious plan to get even, Ela disguises herself as a mysterious heiress and infiltrates London’s elite. But when Ela reunites with the only boy she’s ever loved, she begins to question whether vengeance is still her greatest desire.
In this complicated game of real-life chess, Ela must choose her next move: Finally bring down the queen or capture the king’s heart?
Praise for Queen Bee (THE DIAMONDS #1)
“A satisfyingly delightful tale of deception, retribution, and romance.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Fast-paced, engaging, and a lot of fun, Howard's novel is a true diamond of the first water.” —Booklist
"A cathartic and enjoyable read for fans of high-society intrigue and drama." —Publishers Weekly
"A gossipy, vengeance-drenched romance." —School Library Journal
“Amalie Howard delights and captivates—a refreshingly updated historical that has quickly become one of my favorites!” —Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of From Blood and Ash
“Immersive and inclusive. Amalie Howard brings a new twist to Regency romance in this intriguing story about deceit, bitterness, vengeance . . . and finding true love. Readers are in for a treat!” —Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of Defy the Night
“Amalie Howard brings a much-needed breath of fresh air to Regency romance in this buzzy revenge romp rich with feisty characters and unexpected friendship.” —Stacey Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club Pick The Downstairs Girl
“Funny, smart, and enchanting. Thoughtfully handled moments of grief and friendship and a swoon-worthy romance make this novel difficult to put down.” —Krystal Marquis, New York Times bestselling author of The Davenports
“A divine dip into Regency waters! What happens when you have to choose between revenge and love? Set within a multicultural, LGBTQ-positive society, Queen Bee takes flight.” —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here